Victory in fight for coastal path

By David Newble

Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

ISLAND ramblers are celebrating following news the government has pledged to help create a path around the entire Isle of Wight coastline.

The announcement follows more than five years of campaigning by ramblers calling for the Island to be included in plans for an all-England coast path, which is currently being built.

The Island was originally left out of the plans when the Marine and Coastal Access Act was passed in 2009.

However, thanks to lobbying by the IW Ramblers and public support, the government has now decided to add a 70-mile footpath around the Island to the scheme.

David Howarth, the Isle of Wight Ramblers area chairman, said: "We’re thrilled by the government’s decision to include the Isle of Wight in the plan to open up the whole of the English coast and extremely grateful to the thousands of people on and off the Island who have supported our campaign.

"Creating a path around the entire Isle of Wight coast will allow residents and visitors to enjoy all the recreational activities the coast has to offer. Most importantly, people will be able to walk by the seaside without having to turn inland and walk on busy and dangerous roads.

"It also means for the first time around ten miles of the Island’s northern coast will be opened up for people to enjoy."

He added: "It is now critical that the Isle of Wight Council works with Natural England to take this exciting opportunity forward. Our volunteers will be working closely with them to help achieve this."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by steve paul taylor

12th July 2014, at 14:09:58

Sort their wage, pension rises, car upgrades first then whtever is left !!!

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by Philip Yates

11th July 2014, at 19:40:42

Council already back peddling....
Fridays announcement (part of it )

However, the council warned it could be 2020 or later before Natural England started work on the Island and many years after that to fully create and implement access.

The council said: "It is important to point out that the Isle of Wight already has a hugely popular coastal path which has successfully attracted walkers and other tourists to the Island since 1950 when it was created.

Just dont hold your breath..

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by Helen Wood

11th July 2014, at 11:32:19

11.Jul.2014 11:08am

Great news and congratulations to David Howarth and The Ramblers. This is particularly fantastic news in that we will eventually gain access to stretches of coast which currently have no dedicated path, and it’s a huge coup for local and national campaigning from The Ramblers. However, with regard to the sea wall coast path between Totland to Colwell, that remains the responsibility, and statutory obligation, of the IW council to repair or extinguish. However, In the light of this fabulous news and with the projected revenues for the island arising from a dedicated national trail path around the island, it’d be madness to let one of the most awesome stretches of our coastline slip away. In fact, At a tenth of the original costing, at £200k, it makes sound financial sense to repair it soon. People will eventually come from all over the world to walk round the island. How embarrassing if they can’t manage to get round via Totland Bay because it was left to cr

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by Mark Miller

11th July 2014, at 11:14:24

Heartily agree it is great news for the Island. Just hope the council doesn't see it as yet another revenue generating scheme whereby toll boothes are placed periodically around the "toll" coastal path. I assume it won't be entirely free in any case what with tolls soon to be re-intorduced on the floating bridge.

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by pete ralph

11th July 2014, at 01:10:09

Doh! and there was me thinking there already was one. I have been walking it for the last 30 years. I walked around it, camping wild as I always do only 2 weeks ago. I have no doubt the Council will introduce fees now to walk on it.

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by D Gorman

10th July 2014, at 23:43:42

And who may I ask is going to pay for this when large chunks of it fall into the sea? ... Expensive white elephant.

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by John Stone

10th July 2014, at 19:19:47

Oh dear, as a leisure walker in East Cowes I was getting excited until i saw
"It is now critical that the Isle of Wight Council works with Natural England to take this exciting opportunity forward"
I see another "consultation" coming!! :-)

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by Patrick Hall

10th July 2014, at 17:47:59

That is really good news. I never thought it would happen.

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